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Plants that can give you a rash

Dr Sachith Abraham

Dr Sachith Abraham

  Koramangala, Bengaluru     Apr 25, 2019

   3 min     


What are plant rashes?

Many plants irritate humans.A plant that contains Urushiol (irritating, oily sap) causes an allergic reaction when it comes into contact with the skin. It causes rashes to your skin which can be introduced to urushiol or by touching objects, including camping equipment, gardening tools, and fur of a pet.

Symptoms of plant rashes

The common symptoms of plant rashes include,

•A rash on your face,eyes,lips, or genitals

•Difficulty breathing

•Signs of infection, such as yellow fluid or pus leaking from blisters, or blisters that have an odor

•Swollen lymph nodes

•Facial and eye swelling

•A rash that covers more than 25 percent of your body


•Trouble swallowing

•A headache


Rash-inducing Plants

1.Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is a plant that causes a rash. Every part of the plant contains the oily resin called urushiol. The resin is very sticky and can attach to your skin when you touch the plant. The rash can also affect your mouth, eyes, and genitals.

2.Poison Oak

Poison oak or Toxicodendron diversilobum is an allergic plant that causes irritation or rashes to your skin. The plant grows in dry spots as well as in forests. It has green or red leaves and produces small flowers that are yellow, white, or green. When you touch the plant, the rash-causing agent, urushiol gets absorbed into your skin and cause rash.

3.Poison Sumac

Like Poison Ivy and Oak, Poison Sumac or Toxicodendron vernix also contains rash causing agent, urushiol. It usually grows as a small tree or shrub in wet areas. It has red stems with 7 to 13 green leaves and smooth-edged leaflets. After it touches the skin, it causes an itchy, blistering rash.

4.Wood Nettle

Wood nettle is an herbaceous plant which grows in moist areas of woodlands. It can grow two to four feet tall and are a host plant for some butterflies and insects. The wood nettle can trigger skin irritation (allergic rash) when coming in direct contact. Other side effects of wood nettle include fluid retention, mild stomach upset, diarrhea, and sweating.

5.Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle, also known as Urtica Dioica is a nettle family member. The plant usually grows in the dense area such as in ditches, hiking trails, and around farmland, where there is a disturbance of the earth. The plant can grow six to eight feet and have a single stem with few branches in it. The leaves are not broad, but 2 to 4 inches long and dark. Touching the stinging nettle can irritate your skin, eyes, and nose.

Moreover, it is unsafe for you if you are pregnant, you have diabetes, you have low blood pressure, and you are struggling with kidney problems.

6.Baby’s Breath

Baby’s breath or Gypsophila Paniculata is a tiny white or pink flower that is used as filler flowers. You may also find baby’s breath in cultivated perennial gardens. When the plant is alive, it does not cause any irritation, but when it is dry, it may irritate your nose, eyes, skin, and sinuses. Furthermore, it can trigger asthma if you touch the flower regularly.

The effect of baby’s breath is temporary and minor, but if you have sensitive skin, it can affect you more. The reactions of double-flower varieties are less than the single-flower varieties. Hence, if you are planning to order a bouquet or planting it in your garden, double-flower varieties will be an ideal choice.

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